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When the Taylor family’s new swimming pool was completed, the builder was about to fill it with water. But Erin, a New Jersey mother of three children – two of whom were nonswimmers – stopped him: “Not one drop of water goes into that pool until the fence is installed,” she insisted.

Erin and her husband, Jay, are painfully aware of how dangerous swimming pools can be. Jay’s young cousin, Alicea, had drowned in a neighbor’s unfenced aboveground swimming pool, and the preschooler’s funeral was seared into their memories.

Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death to children ages 1 to 14, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In many Sunbelt states, it’s the leading cause of death.

Children ages 5 and younger are at the highest risk, accounting for 76 percent of all reported drowning-related fatalities.

The U. S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) ) found that the majority of all drownings in the 1-5 age group were associated with pools, and nearly half of those victims were last seen in the house.

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